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Paul Tapner

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Slater and Gordon

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Personal Injury


Paul is a Principal Lawyer at Slater and Gordon’s offices in Cambridge and Manchester, and specialises in in serious injury cases including spinal injuries, head injuries, amputation injuries and fatal injury claims. Paul is part of a high quality team of serious injury solicitors who fight complex, difficult cases that most other lawyers wouldn’t touch. Paul excels in creative thinking, always looking to push the boundaries of what can and can’t be claimed. Paul gives clear and incisive second opinions on cases handled by other lawyers.


Paul studied at Cambridge University before joining Taylor Vinters Solicitors in 1985. He became a principal lawyer with Slater and Gordon in 2013.


Paul and the team is one of a very few teams nationally to be accredited as specialist solicitors by both the Spinal Injuries Association and Headway, the brain injury association. Paul is also part of a team who are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and five members of The Law Society’s specialist accreditation panel for personal injury work.

East Anglia: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Tapner - Slater and Gordon

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Slater and Gordon  in Cambridge 'gives a very good service to its clients; the lawyers are diligent in their investigations, go to great lengths to pursue claims and make things as easy as possible for the client'. The firm runs a multi-track practice handling complex, multimillion-pound brain and spinal injury claims; military claims; Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) matters; fatal accident and repetitive strain injury claims; and second opinion cases for clients seeking new legal input into existing claims. The firm has numerous panel appointments including Child Brain Injury Trust, Limbless Association, Headway and Spinal Injuries Association. It has a deep bench of talent that includes Paul Tapner (who is ‘a good tactician who is also extremely experienced‘); military claims expert Richard Gaffney;  Andrew Zajac who handles complex and high-value brain and spinal injury claims and is 'a tough negotiator who handles cases with great skill'; and Angela Beric, who is ‘experienced and pragmatic and works tirelessly and effectively on behalf of her clients’. One client notes that Beric ‘has a high level of knowledge in the area of complex brain injury – with children and adults – and is extremely thorough in her work‘. The office also has a strong associate team in Crystal Eaton, Mick Upton and Joe Speed. A key highlight saw Tapner act for a claimant who died as a result of a defective tumble dryer which caused a house fire. He obtained formal admission of liability from the manufacturer and the case is now being valued.

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